Vegan Tasting Menu at Tintswalo Atlantic

Words: Julie Velosa

The vegan lifestyle is no longer just a passing trend – with consumers questioning the way their food is produced and more people opting to eat a plant-based diet, veganism has been propelled into the mainstream. Because of this, chefs everywhere have had to become accustomed to serving vegan diners in their establishments and need to be prepared to cater to this market. What is exciting though, is that we’re seeing more and more vegan specific offerings, one example of this being the new vegan tasting menu at Tintswalo Atlantic.

Stunning Dining at Tintswalo Atlantic

If you’ve dined at Tintswalo Atlantic you’ll know that there are few better views than the one from their deck. It’s the kind that you just can’t find enough superlatives for. Dining here as the sun sets affords guests the most magical experience and if you follow a vegan lifestyle, you can now also enjoy a specifically designed plant-based menu as part of the experience.

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The 4-course Vegan Tasting Menu at Tintswalo Atlantic

The four-course tasting menu includes a soup course, starter, main and dessert but before that even begins, a bread course, plus a stunning amuse bouche is served to whet the appetite. The amuse bouche is a beautifully bright beetroot wonton that encases a light ginger and apple mousse. The combo of flavours works so well together and, of course, the tartness of ginger and apple makes for the perfect palate cleanser.

Following this was a carrot and ginger soup with gochugaru – a Korean spice of dried and ground chillies, which gives the soup a great bite. The soup was smooth and full of flavour and was topped with crunchy carrot crisps and dusted with gochugaru.

The menu was paired with wines and this was a stand-out pairing – an incomparable Reserve Chenin Blanc from De Morgenzon.

Cashew cheese is an integral part of a vegan diet; it works as a great vegan substitute for dairy cheese and has a rich umami flavour. Chef Guy Clarke’s starter of mini savoury ‘cheesecakes’ showcases a creamy cashew cheese inside a seed bowl, topped with onion marmalade and microgreens.

Delicious mains

After a quick mid-meal refresher of berry sorbet, we moved on to the main event. A dukkah-crusted slice of polenta is served with textures of corn, carrots, muchrooms, parsnips and sweet potato. The North African flavours of the dukkah spice lend themselves so well to these earthy ingredients and the variety of textures and flavours made the dish a delight to eat.

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A refreshing frozen banana parfait is served for dessert, with toasted coconut flakes, and summer berries.

vegan tasting menu at tintswalo atlantic

Not being a vegan myself I am never really at a loss when I go out to eat, but having vegan friends I can understand that this can be a real challenge, especially when it comes to a special occasion. It is great to know that chefs are embracing the lifestyle and that specifically created plant-based menus are becoming more and more available. Book your seat for the vegan tasting menu at Tintswalo Atlantic to experience a unique meal in one of the most magical settings in Cape Town.

Book your seat for the Vegan Tasting Menu at Tintswalo Atlantic

The four-course menu is priced at R650 pp and booking is essential. 

Tintswalo Atlantic also welcomes outside guests for breakfast (08:00 – 10:00), lunch (12:00 – 15:00, last sitting at 13:30) and dinner (18:00 – 22:00, last sitting at 19:30).

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